Introducing district strategies

District strategies are a new level of strategic planning that we are introducing to the planning system. District strategies will capture and protect the valued character and attributes of each of Canberra's nine districts.

The district strategies deliver the ACT Planning Strategy by providing more specific and targeted directions for each district. In short, they will guide the strategic management of growth and change on a district scale in the context of green and blue spaces, good travel connections, housing, employment growth and support our shopping centres.

Inner North and City Engagement Schedule in February 2023

Pop ups

  • Monday 6th 10.00 - 2.00pm - Dickson (courtyard near Woolworths)
  • Tuesday 7th 10.00 - 2.00pm - Canberra House (40 Marcus Clarke Ave)
  • Saturday 18th 11.00 - 3.00pm - Canberra Centre

North Side Listening Space

Day one

  • Friday 10th 10.00am - 4.00pm - Canberra Museum & Gallery

Day two

  • Saturday 11th 12.00pm - 4.00pm - Canberra Museum & Gallery

We are looking at

The Inner North and City District Strategy captures the special character of the Inner North and reflects the community's views on future planning priorities. It will help us manage growth and change in the district while protecting the things the community values most.

Directions for Inner North and City

Blue-green network

  • Protect, enhance, and restore habitat values in key blue-green corridors including re-naturalisation of Sullivans Creek and its tributary waterways, connections to Banksia Street and Dickson Wetlands and linkages between reserves, urban open space, and Garden City precincts.
  • Make sure future redevelopment contributes towards living infrastructure aims in built up areas including the City Centre.

Economic access and opportunity across the city

  • Protect floorspace and development opportunities for future economic activities and employment to make sure the City Centre maintains its preeminent economic role.
  • Develop innovation precincts around economic assets in the City Centre (ANU/CSIRO and UNSW), Watson (ACU and AIE) and Campbell (ADFA).

Strategic movement to support city growth

  • Develop the City Centre as a multimodal transport hub including accommodating future light rail corridors, bus interchange functions and improved active travel infrastructure.
  • Plan in long term for future faster or high-speed rail connection to the City Centre and reflect the future entertainment plan as relevant to the City Centre.

Sustainable neighbourhoods

  • Revise City Plan to guide high quality future development of the City Centre and reflect the future entertainment plan as relevant to the City Centre.
  • Develop economic and mixed-use hubs at and nearby light rail stops along the Northbourne Avenue corridor based on sustainable urban development principles.

Inclusive centres and communities

  • Pursue innovative models for future community and recreational facilities.

Change Areas

Each district strategy includes proposed, possible, and potential key development sites and change area/s, which are included on the map below and in the draft strategy..

For the Inner North and City, this includes:

  • Thoroughbred Park

To see all the changes, visit the Draft Inner North and City District Strategy, or the Inner North and City District Summary & Map.

Areas of change

We would particularly like your comments on the ‘areas of change’ that are shown in the district strategy maps, especially the possible and potential change areas.

Sites where some detailed planning has occurred and there is an indication of the future proposed change; Territory Plan Variations have progressed; decisions have been made about the future of the site; sites are included in the Indicative Land Release Program; and/or have development proposals progressed on them.

Sites where there are opportunities for change but further work and detailed planning is needed and/or underway. These sites may have been flagged for possible change, government or private sector may have identified for future change, development and redevelopment but further work is needed to progress that to test and set directions for possible development and change.

Areas that are considered to have potential in the longer term and may require detailed planning, investigations and potentially certain interventions to stimulate the opportunity.

Inner North and City District Map

Use the map below to check out the proposed, possible and potential key development sites and change areas for the Inner North. You can have your say on these areas using the quick comment form below, or on the Provide Feedback page. The map below is also shown in detail in the district summary in the document library.

Inner North and City District Strategy quick comment

Use the form below to provide feedback and comments on the draft Inner North and City District Strategy. Your comments will be displayed in the Comment Board below for other community members to see and discuss. (max 140 characters).

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Moderation Policy

2 February, 2023

Cathy says:

Please don’t open up secondary connection in Watson. This is an important green space. Also must consider traffic noise impacts.

22 January, 2023

Robert says:

Regarding re-naturalising Sullivan's creek - don't just bulldoze everything, some areas are returning to natural creek-bed by themselves.

18 January, 2023

Pascale says:

The inner-north is in desperate need of a new public indoor swimming and sports facility. CISAC is too far, even if you live close to the R9

16 January, 2023

jake says:

The city needs much more car parking and cheaper car parking rates. many people work in the city and Public Transport is not a suitable opti

30 December, 2022

Liv says:

Please feed traffic from new developments directly to Northbourne rather than creating new 'rat runs' through quiet streets where kids play

23 December, 2022

Former Green voter says:

Seeking to remove the racecourse is based solely on misconceptions about how the horses are treated - healthy happy horses run better!

23 December, 2022

Lyneham resident says:

Back in July 2021 there was an interactive yoursay map with suggestions, for 'district planning' for this project. Can you use & publish it?

23 December, 2022

Kate says:

Add priority crossing green paint at fast food driveways at Dickson, where cars fail to yeild (eg McDonald and Woolley st KFC intersection)

23 December, 2022

Kate says:

Pedestrian crossing at roughly 121 Brigalow St, so children have a desirable route to avoid the dangerous BCC carpark car to kid conflict.

23 December, 2022

Kate says:

Review previous 'YourSay' maps eg Active Travel safety on Brigalow st (BCC carpark), Mouat & Archibald intersection, and Mouat & Ginninderra

22 December, 2022

Bronwyn says:

Canberra Riding Club PONY CLUB rests at the intersection of the Barton Hwy and Randwick Rd. It has been there since 1959. We want to stay!!

18 December, 2022

Ellie says:

Don’t need traffic in Roma Mitchell Cres in Watson as this is where our dog plays in the unfenced dog park and our little girls ride bikes